We can’t stop rally but you have to maintain law and order on Ram Navami routes: HC to state | India News

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MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday stated that while it cannot prevent a public rally from taking place on Ram Navami in suburban Mumbai’s Malwani area, it instructed state police officers to take appropriate action in case of any violation of the law, regardless of the political affiliation of the speaker. The state must uphold law and order, underscored the HC.
“Ultimately, if there is a law and order issue, you (police) will face problems,” observed Justices Revati Mohite Dere and MA Deshpande, questioning if the route could be changed and asking the state to decide. “Whatever is done must be taken to its logical end… If they (organizers and speakers) do not exercise restraint, then the law will take its own course,” the bench said.
The HC was hearing a petition that sought the registration of First Information Reports (FIRs) against three MLAs—Nitesh Rane, Geeta Jain, and T Raja Singh from Telangana—for alleged hate speeches during and after the communal clashes that broke out in the Naya Nagar area of Mira-Road in Thane district this January.
State Advocate General Birendra Saraf stated he would convey the Court’s concerns to the police and assured that the department would be “extra cautious.” The police chiefs of Mumbai, Mira Bhayandar, and Vasai Virar will decide within a week whether FIRs can be lodged against the three, as assured on April 8. The HC again criticized Rane for being allowed to use the premises of the Commissioner of MBVV police’s office for a press conference and verbally instructed the state to ensure it does not happen again with any politician.
Arguing the petitioner’s case, senior counsel Gayatri Singh raised apprehensions of “untoward incidents” if the Ram Navami rally in Malwani goes through minority community areas. The HC bench orally remarked to the public prosecutor HS Venegaokar, “This needs to be looked into. We cannot stop any public rally, but we expect your officers will take appropriate action in accordance with the law if the speakers say something in breach of the law; they (police) can take action.”
The state requested time, and the matter was adjourned to April 23. Apart from a petition filed by residents of Mira Road and Mumbai, including Aftab Siddiqui, seeking action against the MLAs for allegedly delivering hate speeches in January at Mira Road, Govandi, Ghatkopar, and Malvani, the HC was also hearing on Monday a fresh petition filed by one Shanul Hassan Sayed, questioning police inaction in the Mira Road violence.

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